Thomas Benz

Thomas Benz has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame and has had fourteen stories published with magazines such as The Madison Review, William and Mary Review, Pangolin Papers, Timber Creek Review, Blue Penny Quarterly, Beacon Street Review, Willard and Maple, Blue Lake Review, Carve and others. He was a finalist in the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Collection Contest in 2013 and 2015 and a finalist in the New Millennium Short Fiction Contests in 2014, 2015 and 2016. His novel Harraway’s Call was selected as a semi-finalist for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize sponsored by Black Balloon Publishing in 2014. He has also been associated with a few writers’ organizations in the Chicago area, including Off Campus Writers Workshop, Northwestern professor Fred Shafer’s novel workshop, Paul McComas’s Advanced Fiction Workshop, and the Writers Workspace. Samples of his fiction can be found at www.indielit.net.

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Patrick Brownson interviews
Thomas Benz


Our fiction co-editor Patrick Brownson recently had this exchange with Thomas Benz, our Issue #27 featured fiction author. Here’s what he had to say about his love of traditional language, his writing and revising process, and the inspiration for his story “The Waiting Moon.”… Read more

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The Waiting Moon

By Thomas Benz

Jarrett wakes with the disorienting sense that he has missed something, that there has been some lapse and he must try to figure out what’s gone wrong. Passengers are wearily lining up in the aisle, jostled by the accustomed roughness of the old rails. The street and buildings out the window are upscale, mildly forbidding and unfamiliar…
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